Kanye West Tickets

Grammy Award-winning Kanye Omari West is an American rapper and record producer. Chicago-bred, soul sampling, Kanye West's music is inarguably the most enticing thing going on in today's hip-hop scene. He is the man that helped make Jay-Z's The Blueprint that later proved to be a soul-drenched nostalgic masterpiece.

Born June 8, 1977, West's parents divorced when he was just three years old. He and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois where he enrolled at Chicago State University. He later dropped out to continue pursuing his music career and earned fame by producing hit singles for various musical artists who later rose to prominence as rock stars. These singers include Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Janet Jackson.

Kanye West has produced a consistent array of chart-topping inspirational beats for artists as diverse as Ludacris' Stand Up, Scarface's In Cold Blood, and Talib Kweli's Get By. He truly raps like there's no tomorrow. West released his first album titled 'The College Dropout' in 2004, second album 'Late Registration' in 2005, and third as well as the most recent album 'Graduation' in 2007. All three albums received numerous awards including nine Grammys, critical acclaim, and commercial success.

He also runs his own record label GOOD Music. 'Dropout Bear' is his mascot which is a teddy bear and has appeared on the covers of his albums as well as the singles 'Stronger' and 'Homecoming'. Given the fact that he is seemingly overflowing with potential and creativity, when word, The College Dropout, came that he had decided to put out a solo record, it evoked a whole lot of anticipation. It also served as a taboo-stricken move for a 'heralded' producer of his stature that only seemed to draw attention to his incredible ambitions and fans' adoration.

West's style of production often utilizes high-pitch vocal samples, most of the times from soul songs, and fuses with his own drums and instruments. On May 16, 2008, he was crowned by MTV as the year's number 1 'Hottest MC In The Game'. A couple of Kanye West mix-tapes circulated around in a typically savvy marketing move serving to add more fuel to the collective fire. These tapes display off a collection of his finest chart-topping production moments of his work as well as preview a number of new selections off from The College Dropout.

Kanye has notoriously labeled himself the 'self-proclaimed first nigga with Benz and a backpack'. Some of the view that label is rightly the consistent merging of these two diametric worlds in Kanye's music, making his sound unique. Tracks like 'Heavy Hitters' imparts a vigorous electro-funk bass riff straight out of the Timbaland handbook. West has always attested to the fact that he was an emcee before he got into producing, and it was only his startling success as a beat-maker, taking him away from rhyming.

On the closing track off Get Well Soon, the bitter-sweetly nostalgic, 'My Way', serves as the perfect summation of every aspect that makes Kanye West such a one-off amongst the overloaded caricatures that seem to dominate the hip-hop world.